The 24th edition of Animafest Zagreb wrapped up today in Zagreb, Croatia. It is the second-oldest continually running animation festival in Europe, after Annecy. The Grand Prix for short film was awarded to Yumi Joung’s “Love Games.” A complete list of winners is below.
At a flea market in Paris, I discovered this irresistibly awful set of dead-stock pins featuring Walter Lantz characters.
A man has nothing to lose except his dream. To make his dream come true the man embarks on a dangerous journey. But his destination is not what it seems.
At least one DreamWorks animated film has lost money for the past three years in a row: “Rise of the Guardians” in 2012 had an $87 million writedown; “Turbo” in 2013 resulted in a $13.5 million writedown; and this year’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” caused a $57 million writedown. This is rather obviously not a sustainable trend from a business standpoint, and investors are beginning to worry about the studio’s long-term prospects.
Directed by Peter Quinn who writes: “I usually sit and watch a few things on Animade or Squeezeme.tv with my first coffee, every morning when I get into work. I’ve pulled out a few ‘showreel tropes’ that hopefully some of you will agree with—and I bet there are plenty I’ve forgotten about… would love to have you input as to commonalities in reels. It’s been an interesting study coming up with this shortlist.”
While we await the release of Gary Trousdale’s “Rocky & Bullwinkle” short, here’s a new GEICO spot that pairs the Jay Ward duo with the GEICO Gecko.
Nickelodeon has picked up a new series: “The Loud House” by animation veteran Chris Savino. The series is inspired by Savino’s own “chaotic life growing up in a huge household,” and follows a boy named Lincoln who lives at home with his 10 sisters. The concept received a 13-episode greenlight based on the following pilot from the studio’s 2013 Animated Shorts Program.
Sony Pictures Animation today announced that they’ve acquired an original comedy pitch entitled “Medusa” from screenwriter Todd Alcott (“Antz”) and reality TV producer Holly Golden (“Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura”). More interesting: Lauren Faust (“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” “Super Best Friends Forever”) is attached to direct.
Tonight in New York City, two artists who need little introduction—Bill Plympton and Peter de Sève—will discuss their work and artistic process in a discussion moderated by animation director J. J. Sedelmaier.
Not many people know this, but every night at 3:33AM time is frozen for a moment. During what is a fraction of second to mortal eyes, there is a second night, a secret one where the spirits of the city come out to play. That is the story of the eternal battle for the soul of São Paulo, the clash between bohemia and authoritarianism, between comedy and horror.